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Mother of the Beige Dress Refashion

Scrap-Busting DIY Infinity Scarf
Short Sleeve to Long Sleeve Dress Refashion

When my friends and I made plans to meet up for Main Street’s monthly art crawl, I realized I didn’t have a thing to wear! I decided on this:

Mother of the Beige Dress Refashion before

The weird thing about this piece is that it actually fits me perfectly. Beneath that flouncy top layer is a fitted dress. I like to think this is a late 70’s-early 80’s Mother of the Bride dress. I hope she was a nice mother-in-law and that the kids are still going strong. 😉

Upon closer inspection, I found this label which I think is pretty cool.

Made in USA label

I know a lot of larger department stores used to have their own brands, but somehow I hadn’t yet seen a JC Penny frock before.

This is a simple one, you guys. I could have removed that top flouncy layer and turned it into a perfectly ok maxi dress, but every time I tried to put my scissors to that beautiful wide lace at the waist and sleeves, I just couldn’t do it!

Instead, I took my scissors to the bottom!

cut off bottom of dress
Bye girl. Girl bye.

I COULD have left the bottom edge raw, as this is a non-fraying polyester, but I had a little time on my hands and I really wanted this dress to look nice & finished, so it got a simple hem.

pinned bottom hem
sewing bottom hem

I feel sort of lame for feeling this way, but one of my favorite parts of my new Pfaff is this little scissor button you see here:

closeup of pfaff sewing machine
Whatever is it for?

Do you hate having to manually snip thread ends? With this you don’t have to. It automatically trims the thread from your work. Right there. Just by pushing a button.

I really don’t know how it works, but it’s pretty amazeballs.


After a quick press, my dress was ready to get it’s art on!

Mother of the Beige Dress Refashion after
Bad lighting.

I styled this one with a set of vintage glass beads, grey tights, and modest patent heels. I think it has a cool 60’s-mod-meets-20’s-flapper look to it, and I’m really glad I saved that lace.  🙂

I like it from the back too.

back of dress
Le back!

I saw some really neat things, including this Day of the Dead display:

Dia de los Muertos display
Dia de los Muertos!

A few selfies were taken on my circa 2010 phone as well (no filter, just an old phone). 😉

jillian and friends
Hi Erin & Ken!
Jillian and friends
Hi Phillip & Alex!
Jillian and Erin
“Let’s pose like Jane Austen characters!”

Curious as to what became of that bottom scrap? I turned it into a no-sew infinity scarf!

Viva la No Waste ReFashion! 🙂


Mother of the Beige Dress Refashion before and after

Scrap-Busting DIY Infinity Scarf
Short Sleeve to Long Sleeve Dress Refashion